NASA astronaut and expert visit IST in Islamabad

NASA astronaut and expert visit Institute of Space Technology in Islamabad

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) astronaut Scott Altman on Wednesday visited the Institute of Space Technology (IST) to share experiences with the students.

NASA astronaut Scott Altman and Mansoor Ahmed, ex-associate director of Astrophysics Projects Division at Goddard Space Flight Center NASA delivered their keynote talks that were part of series of lectures in Sixth International Conference on Aerospace Science and Engineering commenced at IST.

Scott Altman shared his experiences of the challenges faced during the missions along with the mission objective, design and applications of Hubble Space Telescope (HST). He also enlightened the audience, that the need for continuous servicing of HST is required due to the installation requirement of latest hardware and state of the art technology for getting best results possible.

Mr. Altman was a part of the astronaut team on 2 out of the 5 servicing missions of HST which involved dangerous space walks and delicate repairs.

Mr. Altman is a veteran of four space flights who logged over 51 days in space and is currently serving as Senior Vice President for Civil Programs for the ASRC Federal Engineering, Aerospace and Mission Systems.

Altman, who performed aerial stunts while doubling as Tom Cruise’s pilot character in the 1985 movie “Top Gun” before becoming an astronaut, has logged more than 7,000 hours in over 40 types of aircraft.

Mr. Ahmed shared insights into the repairing of Hubble Space Telescope
(HST) and described servicing iterations, planning, engineering, coordination & challenges faced during the service missions launched by NASA.

Mr. Ahmed spent most of his career in servicing of HST in different roles and also as deputy Project Manager for the latest James Webb Space Telescope.

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